Re-using waste material
In a circular economy, we are striving for creating sustainable and resilient value. Knowing that resources are endless, we should search for alternatives that can become part of a circular system. This means to rethink design and production techniques and it means establishing new aesthetics. For me, material innovations are a vital part of it.
Resources should not be seen as servants of our economy - rather we should see resources as part of our nature that need time for regeneration. So, why not use materials that are already in circulation or even considered waste?
I decided on re-using walnut shells.
What are their qualities? Which advantages do they have? Can they become a useful material again?
Out of an experimental approach with walnut shells a new material arouse. This material is made from ground walnut shells and gelatin. It deforms itself enormously while drying.
Flat samples became
The smaller the particles, the more the material tended to morph. The characteristics of the nutshell-gelatin-mixture had determined the design process. My aim was to create an object that corresponded to its characteristics and not to force the material into a certain form.
The power of this material laid in its will to form itself.
Free University of Bolzano
Andrea de Chirico